Fruits for the Week


Abu Hurairah reported, the Prophet (saw) asked: “Do you know the bankrupt is?” The companions replied:” The bankrupt among us is one who has neither money nor any property.” He said:” The real bankrupt of my ummah is he who comes on the day of Resurrection with prayer, fasting and charity, because he reviled others, brought false tales against others, unlawfully devoured the wealth of others, shed the blood of others and beat others – so his good deeds will be credited to the account of those (who suffered at his hands or from his tongue). If his good deeds fall short of what is needed to clear the account, their sins (those who suffered because of him) will be entered in his account, and he will be thrown in the hell fire).” (Muslim)

Prophet Muhammad (saw) said: “By Him in Whose Hand is my life, it is better for one of you to take a rope and cut wood (from the wilderness) and carry it on his back and sell it (as means of earning his living) than to go to a person whom Allah has granted from His bounty and beg from him (something) which that person may or may not give him.” (Bukhari). Another narration says: “And Allah will save his face (from the hellfire) because of that.” (Bukhari).

The Prophet (saw) said: “The upper hand is better than the lower hand. One should start giving first to his dependents, and the best object of charity is what is given by a wealthy person. Whoever seeks chastity (by not begging), Allah will keep him chaste, and whoever seeks independence, Allah will grant him independence.” (Bukhari and Muslim).